This weekend the Serpentine Art Gallery hosts its sixth annual ideas marathon, where a swag of speakers from the arts and sciences converge to discuss their work, as well as the latest research in their fields, under the umbrella of a particular theme.
Each year the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally recognised architect and/or designer – who has not yet completed a building in England – to design a temporary pavilion that will stand alongside the permanent gallery and host a variety of events.
The Garden Marathon will take place in and around Zumthor’s pavilion on Saturday 15th Oct from 12noon - 10pm, and on Sunday 16th Oct from 11am – 9pm.
(Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, designed by Peter Zumthor © Peter Zumthor. Photograph by Hufton+Crow)
Speakers include science fiction author Brian Aldiss, physicist David Deutsch, documentary film-maker Adam Curtis, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, musical polymath Brian Eno, sociologist Richard Sennett, designer & architect Charles Jencks, and Edge publisher John Brockman.
- Dan Graham - Museum as Garden/Garden as Museum
- Brian Aldiss - Interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist
- John Brockman in Conversation with Brian Eno, Jennifer Jacquet & Mark Pagel
- Paul Smith – Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank: Supporting Innovation and Adaptation in Horticulture in a Changing World
- Marcus du Sautoy - Exploring the Mathematical Garden
- Richard Sennett - Open and Closed: How Gardens Serve as Places for Reflection
- Silke Otto-Knapp - “Recollections of a Happy Life, being the Autobiography of Marianne North”, a reading
- Charles Jencks - The Universe in the Landscape
- Adam Curtis - I Am not a Garden. I Am a Machine
- David Deutsch - Why Are Flowers Beautiful?
The chief curator for the marathon weekend is Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions & Programmes, and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery.
Tickets are £25/£20 for both days, or £15/£10 for a single day. For more information and booking, click here.
For upcoming events at the Serpentine Gallery, click here.